Some Aspects of the Solar Radiation Incident at the Top of the Atmospheres of Mercury and Venus
Van Hemelrijck, E.
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A formalism has been developed for the calculation of the insolation on the planets Mercury and Venus neglecting any atmospheric absorption. For Mercury, the instantaneous insolation curves are repeated in a 2-tropical year cycle, the distribution of the solar radiation being perfectly symmetric between both hemispheres. In addition to latitudinal variations, one observes a longitudinal effect expressed by different instantaneous insolation distributions during the course of the time; on the equator, the relative diurnal insolation variability may attain a factor of 3. The small obliquity of Venus results in a nearly symmetric solar radiation distributions with respect to the equator except at the poles, where an important seasonal effect has been found. It has to be noted that no longitudinal dependence exists. Finally, the insolation curves are repeated in a nearly half-year cycle.
CitationVan Hemelrijck, E.; Vercheval, J. (1981). Some Aspects of the Solar Radiation Incident at the Top of the Atmospheres of Mercury and Venus. , Icarus, Vol. 48, Issue 2, 167-179, DOI: 10.1016/0019-1035(81)90102-0.